ortigia (Syracuse)

Ortigia (Ottiggia in dialect, Ortygia, Syracuse Ὀρτυγία in ancient Greek) is the name of the island which is the oldest part of the city of Syracuse representing their constituency, the ninth and last on the city territory.

Its name derives from the ancient Greek ortyx (ὄρτυξ) meaning "quail".

Characteristic of Ortigia, is undoubtedly its market with its stalls; smells filled with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, fresh seafood. The shops belong mostly to the families of fishermen and the thing that sets him apart and makes it "typical of the South" are the "vanniate", i.e. the cries of merchants to sell their wares.

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